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Overview

Take a slow, scenic journey on the Mekong River from Luang Prabang to Thailand. Embrace the slow rhythms of life on the water during the day as the boat cruises upstream. Stop in rural villages in the evenings to experience, first hand, the timeless traditions of Laos.

Trip Highlights

Luangsay Cruise and Kamu Lodge Upstream

Cruise the Mekong River

Relax aboard a charming wooden riverboat during a 3-day journey from Laos to Thailand. 

Experience Village Life

Partake in daily activities of the Lao people to further understand the culture and traditions of the country. 

Discover the contrasts

See the contrast between sleepy Laos and modern Thailand when crossing the border from one country to the other. 

Itinerary

1

Luang Prabang – Pak Ou – Kamu Lodge

This three-day cruise is on board a slow boat with stops made overnight at the Kamu Lodge in the town of Pakbeng.

Board the Kamu Boat for the 2.5 to 3 hour journey to the Lodge. A stop will be made 2 hours upstream from Luang Prabang at the famous Pak Ou Caves. Locally referred to as Tam Ting, these two caves are carved out of towering limestone cliffs and contain thousands of gold lacquered Buddha statues.

Continue upriver, reaching Kamu Lodge around lunch time. The Kamu Lodge features 20 private canvas tents, each decorated with bamboo and wooden furniture. All tents have a private attached bathroom with solar powered hot water and electricity.

This afternoon, choose between an array of local activities:

  • Rice planting and harvesting in surrounding rice fields
  • Gold panning (January to June) in the Mekong
  • Traditional fishing techniques
  • Local village visit and encounters

Dinner and overnight at Kamu Lodge

2

Kamu Lodge - Pakbeng

After relaxing and enjoying breakfast at the lodge, board the Luang Say Cruise boat around 10:00 to continue the cruise up to Pakbeng.

During the cruise, make a stop at the village of Ban Baw, known for its production of traditional rice alcohol. Shortly thereafter, enjoy a delicious buffet lunch onboard the boat as it continues upriver.

Reach the town of Pakbeng in the late afternoon. Located halfway between Houay Xay and Luang Prabang, this small, but dynamic town is lined with wooden houses along a steep street on the hillside. Depending on the river’s current, the boat may reach Pakbeng in time to catch a sunset over the river.

Overnight in Pakbeng

3

Pakbeng - Houay Xay

This morning enjoy breakfast at the hotel before continuing the river cruise upstream.

Boat departs at 07:00 for the final leg of the cruise. One stop is made at a small village to visit and admire the authentic rural life of a local ethnic settlement.

Buffet lunch is served on board.

This evening, reach Houay Xay around 17:00 (it is possible to proceed to Chiang Rai the same day). Transfer to the border is included in Luang Say Cruise package. Crossing border from Lao side to Chiang Khong is at own arrangement.

Important Information

Our Services Include:

  • 3 days cruise with stops and visits en route
  • Meals as mentioned (B,L,D)
  • Entrance fees
  • Transfer from pier in Houay Xay to Lao immigration and Thai border
  • Assistance of English speaking cruise escort during the cruise
  • Coffee, tea, water

Our Services do not include:

  • Transfer from/to pier in Luang Prabang
  • Alcoholic drinks & drinks at mealtime + Optional visits + Personal expenses (Telephone, laundry…)
  • Visa stamping fee for Laos (visa on arrival, valid 30 days: 30 to 42US$ upon client’s nationality + 1 photo and a passport valid more than 6 month after return date). Subject to change without prior notice
  • Extension visa 2 USD/day/Pax. Subject to change without prior notice
  • ATTENTION: Visa on arrival pay more 1 USD/Pax every Saturday and Sunday
  • Personal travel insurance (should include helicopter evacuation for Laos & repatriation)
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips for guide, driver, boat crew & hotels’ porters
  • Meals other than those mentioned above
  • All air tickets with airport and departure taxes
  • Other services not clearly indicated in the Package Inclusion above

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